When I think of the season of Lent, my first thought is “What am I going to give up this year?” The answer is typically the same… sweets. This year I want to change this point of view and begin adding things… positive things!
With Lent falling on Valentine’s Day this year I couldn’t help but think about the word LOVE.
Love is defined as “an intense feeling of deep affection.” I thought about this a lot and tried to count the amount of times I had shown affection towards others in the last 24 hours. The only encounter I could think of was hugging a friend to say goodbye and sending a “love ya” text to my dad.
As humans, we desire touch and connection with one another. I get so tapped out on this because I tend to be on my phone a lot, like a lot… Which we have, as a society, deemed as the norm. The more I thought about this, the more I was bothered by the idea that I tend to show my affection through texts or with emoji’s. My family and friends deserve so much more than this.
Sitting in Church this morning, waiting to get my Lenten ashes, the Bishop’s homily and his message to everyone really got my attention. What he said was simple. That when we have problems with our phones, we turn them off and then restart them. This fixed whatever problems we were having, and the phone is back to new again. He compared this to us during the season of Lent. As humans, sometimes we have to shut off and restart in order to be ourselves again because often times we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and what has become the norm.
So today, the first day of Lenten season and also Valentine’s Day, I want to leave you all with this idea of love. Self-love. Recharge yourself each and every day. Reflect on your daily life and actions towards yourself and others. Put down your phone and use that energy towards positive encounters with friends and family. Take this time to listen to yourself and what your mind, body, and soul needs. Today, tell someone how much they mean to you and show the words “I love you” rather than just texting them.